About Me


I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Studies, University of Saskatchewan.

Before joining the University of Saskatchewan, I was a SSHRC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of International and Public Affairs and Research Scholar at the Global Policy Initiative, Columbia University. I hold a Ph.D. from the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto, where I concentrated in the fields of political theory and international relations. I received an MA degree in Social Sciences and BA degree in Philosophy from the University of Chicago in 2006.

My current research focuses on the role of international institutions and domestic political actors in responding to forced migration as well as with mapping out tensions between discourses of national sovereignty and human rights as manifest in contemporary conceptions of democratic legitimacy, in particular as they relate to issues raised by immigration and the position of refugees. At present I am working on exploring the relationship of citizenship, human rights, and territoriality, in the context of contemporary democratic theory. My broader research interests include the history of political thought, political philosophy and legal theory.

Want a general overview of my research interests? Check out my recent media appearance on CBC Radio's Ideas segment 'Refuge'.

Scholarships, Fellowships, Honors & Awards


Postdoctoral Fellowship, SSHRC / Government of Canada, Columbia University, 2016-18.

Research Award, Joint Initiative in German and European Studies, University of Toronto, 2015.

Research Award, Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies, University of Toronto, 2015.

Dissertation Completion Fellowship, JIGES, University of Toronto, 2014-2015.

Doctoral Fellow, Trudeau Centre in Peace, Conflict and Justice, University of Toronto, 2014-2015.

Steven C. Poe Best Graduate Student Paper Award, International Studies Association, 2014.

Travel Grant, Fourth World International Studies Committee Conference, 2014.

Travel Grant, Massey College, 2014.

Doctoral Completion Grant - Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, 2013-2014.

Research Award, JIGES, University of Toronto 2013.

Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship SSHRC / Government of Canada, 2010-2013.

Robert C. Vipond Graduate Scholarship in Political Science, University of Toronto, 2012-2013.

Maurice Cody Research Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2012-2013.

University of Toronto Fellowship, University of Toronto, 2011-2012.

School of Graduate Studies Conference Grant, University of Toronto, 2012.

CPSA Conference Travel Grant, Canadian Political Science Association, 2012

School of Graduate Studies Conference Grant, University of Toronto, 2011.

Advanced Graduate Student Travel Grant, American Political Science Association, 2010.

Special Supplemental Research Award, JIGES, University of Toronto 2010.

Graduate Admission Award, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto, 2008.

Graduate Essay Competition, Canadian Association for Refugee & Forced Migration Studies, 2008.

Best Paper Award, Lives in Motion Conference, York University, 2008.

Cambridge Overseas Trust Bursary, Cambridge University (Declined), 2007.

Human Rights Internship Grant, University of Chicago, 2006.

Student Marshal Appointment, highest academic honor of the College, University of Chicago, 2004-05.

Service and Affiliations


Massey Refugee Support Initiative (MRSI), Massey College/ Ryerson University Lifeline Syria

Junior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto, 2013-Present.

Canadian Journal of Political Science/Revue canadienne de science politique,
        Manuscript Referee, 2013-Present.

Graduate Associate appointment at the Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto, 2009-Present.

Participant, JHI Gender and Human Rights Group, University of Toronto, 9/2011 - 6/2012.

Senior Editor, Journal of International Law and International Relations, 2010 - 2011.

Founding Co-Chair, Political Exclusion Working Group, University of Toronto, 2/2010 - Present.

Graduate Associates Seminar Convener, Centre for Ethics, University of Toronto, 2/2010 - 3/2011.

Participant, Toronto Circle Legal Theory Group, 2/2009 - 6/2011.

Participant, JHI Group on the Emotions, University of Toronto, 9/2009 - 5/2011.

Organizer, Emotions Under Siege: An Interdisciplinary Symposium on the Emotions, 5/2010.

Panel Chair, Midwestern Political Science Association, Chicago, 4/2009.

Discussant, Political Theory Colloquium, University of Virginia, 2/2008.